The Co-op Way 2018

Communities

As a member-owned and values-led organisation, we connect with the communities served by our food stores and funeral homes, and throughout our supply chain.

£31.7 million

invested in communities

4,000

local community projects supported

Local communities

We give 1% of what our members spend on Co-op own branded products as well as money from sales of carrier bags to fund local community projects near our stores and funeral homes. In 2018 we gave £19m to over 4,000 local projects.

We gave more than £4,000 to OnTrak, to help them teach young people in Bradford bike repair skills. The bikes are donated to schools, community centres, youth clubs, charities and many more local groups.

Member Pioneers

Member Pioneers bring Co-op members, colleagues and local causes together to find new ways to co-operate, focusing their activity on the things that matter most to our members. We have recruited 300 Member Pioneers across the UK and hope to have a Member Pioneer in all 1,500 Co-op communities by the end of 2020.

Member Pioneer Mariyam talks about the difference she is making in her community.

Community Wellbeing

We’ve been talking to our members and people across the UK to find out what matters most, and what could be improved, where they live and work. The result is our Community Wellbeing Index.

The Index has given us some great insights into what’s important to people in their local communities and helped us to identify areas where our community investment can make a greater difference.

International communities

We source our products from 74 countries and support hundreds of communities throughout our supply chain.

We work to strengthen our relationships with the communities from which we source our products and services, and help our members support the wider international community at times of crisis.

In 2018 we gave more than £2m from the sale of bottled water to fund clean water projects and fight water poverty in some of the poorest parts of the world.